Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 29 February, we want to know:

Being in nature can be inspiring. What outdoor activities help you connect with the Divine? Share your response now.

Presence Journal

What was your favorite review in any of the last several issues? Did the review lead you to purchase the book? Send your comments to [email protected].




Featured Resource

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a resource you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

Soyinka Rahim and Cynthia Winton-Henry share about the Race Dance and how embodied dance and prayer are acts of imagination for societal and spiritual healing.

Questions this video addresses:

  1. If song and dance appeals to you, what are ways you can integrate them into your daily life?
  2. How do you tell your story through different types of prayer or contemplative practice?
  3. What is your favorite way to focus?

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

Emerging Wisdom is Around the Corner!
The 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events are around the corner—have you booked your arrangements yet? SDI has a special discounted room rate at the Town and Country Resort Hotel for conference participants. The SDI room block is filling quickly and we anticipate it reaching capacity—be sure to reserve your room now. If you have any trouble with your reservation, please e-mail [email protected].

If you haven’t registered for the conference, it’s not too late! Register today.


Free Seeker Teleconference
As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Learn how to take the first step with Imam Jamal Rahman and spiritual seekers around the world during a free teleconference on 23 February. RSVP today!



SDI Webinar: Spiritual Direction and Addiction Webinar
Spiritual direction can be an important relationship where people explore the spiritual dimension of addiction and recovery including the impact on partners, friends, family, and relationship with the Divine. Twelve-step recovery programs have always been explicitly spiritual, particularly Step 11, which emphasizes the use of prayer and meditation to deepen one’s conscious contact with God.

This webinar is specifically designed for experienced spiritual directors and soul care providers, using interactive teaching, somatic awareness, meditation, and experiential practice. Registration is open now!


SDI Webinar: Mercy Matters
Why does mercy matter today? What is our role as spiritual directors in helping others receive and offer mercy? 

Mercy is a virtue that counters widely held beliefs, which place value on getting ahead at any cost, earning our worth, and striving for power. Showing mercy is often viewed as being weak. Yet the world is in desperate need of the transformative power of mercy. 

This webinar will unpack what mercy means and why it matters. In addition, it will look at the unique role a spiritual director has helping others increase their capacity for mercy. Register today!

Volunteers Needed!

Are you registered for the Emerging Wisdom conference? We need your help! Volunteers are essential to create the conference. There are many ways to help: sign-up to assemble participant folders, set-up or teardown, serve at the registration desk, or welcome people at the hospitality table. E-mail [email protected] today and we will find the perfect fit for you! Thank you for your commitment to make Emerging Wisdom an unforgettable experience.

SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to [email protected] by midnight Pacific Standard Time 15 February and enter to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 16 February and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

SDI is pleased to offer online streaming of the Emerging Wisdom conference. What is the cost of the streaming package for SDI members? HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our January winner was Margaret Wiseman, who received a SDI tote bag. Congratulations, Margaret!

Classified Announcements

FREE BOOKLET OF REFLECTIONS: “Listen with the ear of your heart” Benedictine Reflections on Accepting the Embrace of God
Short readings reflecting on some theological assumptions underlying the practice of spiritual direction. Access a PDF by clicking this link:
For a hard copy, contact Becky Van Ness, Director, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Saint John’s School of Theology at [email protected].

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